My new Kitchen. Completely DIY, custom, and cost efficient : HomeImprovement

I bought an old shotgun house about 2.5 years ago and just finished the rebuild. All work is my own outside of the roof and HVAC. I thought I’d share my finished kitchen. Keeping with my desire to do as much custom work as I could, and keep costs down, I used Ikea cabinets and made custom fronts and paneling. I also made precast concrete countertops, and open shelving from solid maple. It was a complete gut and redesign, as with the rest of the house.

The floors are solid hickory throughout the house, and I stuck with that in the kitchen, because it’s open to the living space. It was 4.79 per sq ft.or about $1000 for the area the kitchen inhabits.

All cabinets were purchased from Ikea without doors. I then made doors from maple plywood and edge-banding for a clean, contemporary look. I painted them with an airless sprayer using Benjamin Moore Advance. The door handles are Amazon Basics brand. The total cost of the cabinets was roughly $3500 all in.

The countertops are made with Quickrete countertop mix. I’ve made my own mix before, and this stuff is perfect as it is. I made templates with 4″ strips of PVC and a glue gun.I used white melamine particle board sheets to build the forms. After about 3 days, I broke the forms off and polished the tops with diamond grit pads and a handheld concrete polisher. The total cost was less than $300 for about 55 sq ft of countertop including the waterfall end piece on the island.

The maple shelving is made with solid maple 1x material and polycrylic coating. The total cost there was around $300 for about 35 feet of shelving.

The backsplash is ceramic tile that was .65ea and I spent about $250 on materials. The 30″ undermount sink and faucet are Kraus. I got them on Amazon as open box items for $100 and $75, respectively.

So, all in, I was able to build this kitchen out (after drywall) for less than $6000.

My Kitchen Renovation

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